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Course Schedule for ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - Spring 2016
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
4057 ENVS-149-01 Intro to Environmental Science 1.25 LEC Geiss,Christoph TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM MC - 106 GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 26
  NOTE: Enrollment is limited to 4 seniors, 4 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 10 first-year students, there will be 6 additional seats assigned by the instructor.
  An introduction to interrelationships among the natural environment, humans, and the human environment, including the biological, social, economic, technological, and political aspects of current environmental challenges. This course focuses on building the scientific framework necessary to understand environmental issues. It explores the structure, function, and dynamics of ecosystems, interactions between living and physical systems, and how human enterprise affects natural systems. It also examines current issues regarding human impacts on environmental quality, including global warming, air and water pollution, agriculture, overpopulation, energy, and urbanization. The laboratory section, which complements lecture material, incorporates laboratory and field exercises that include a focus on Hartford and a nearby rural area.
4058 ENVS-149-20 Intro to Environmental Science 1.25 LAB Gourley,Jonathan R. T: 1:30PM-4:10PM MC - 115 GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 16
  An introduction to interrelationships among the natural environment, humans, and the human environment, including the biological, social, economic, technological, and political aspects of current environmental challenges. This course focuses on building the scientific framework necessary to understand environmental issues. It explores the structure, function, and dynamics of ecosystems, interactions between living and physical systems, and how human enterprise affects natural systems. It also examines current issues regarding human impacts on environmental quality, including global warming, air and water pollution, agriculture, overpopulation, energy, and urbanization. The laboratory section, which complements lecture material, incorporates laboratory and field exercises that include a focus on Hartford and a nearby rural area.
4059 ENVS-149-21 Intro to Environmental Science 1.25 LAB Gourley,Jonathan R. R: 1:30PM-4:10PM MC - 115 GLB3  
  Enrollment limited to 16
  An introduction to interrelationships among the natural environment, humans, and the human environment, including the biological, social, economic, technological, and political aspects of current environmental challenges. This course focuses on building the scientific framework necessary to understand environmental issues. It explores the structure, function, and dynamics of ecosystems, interactions between living and physical systems, and how human enterprise affects natural systems. It also examines current issues regarding human impacts on environmental quality, including global warming, air and water pollution, agriculture, overpopulation, energy, and urbanization. The laboratory section, which complements lecture material, incorporates laboratory and field exercises that include a focus on Hartford and a nearby rural area.
4975 ENVS-220-01 Biological Invasions 1.25 LEC Douglass,Cameron H. MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM MC - 213 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 11
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 149, Biology 140 or Biology 182, or permission of instructor.
  The spread of biological organisms around the globe has increased dramatically over the past two centuries with growing human exploration and settlement. A few of these introduced species have become invasive and caused major environmental, economic and public health problems. This course will explore several issues related to a variety of invasive organisms, including: historical and human perceptions; the ecological process of invasion; characteristics of successful invaders and vulnerable ecosystems; and, regulation, prevention and management.
5283 ENVS-220-20 Biological Invasions 1.25 LAB Douglass,Cameron H. T: 1:30PM-4:10PM MC - 121 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 11
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 149, Biology 140 or Biology 182, or permission of instructor.
  The spread of biological organisms around the globe has increased dramatically over the past two centuries with growing human exploration and settlement. A few of these introduced species have become invasive and caused major environmental, economic and public health problems. This course will explore several issues related to a variety of invasive organisms, including: historical and human perceptions; the ecological process of invasion; characteristics of successful invaders and vulnerable ecosystems; and, regulation, prevention and management.
4661 ENVS-230-01 Environmental Chemistry 1.00 LEC Curran,Timothy P. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM CT - 210 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111L and 112L, or permission of instructor.
  This course will cover basic chemical concepts, such as polarity, volatility, and solubility, as they relate to chemical behavior in the environment. The ability to predict environmental behavior from chemical structure will be emphasized. Human and environmental toxicology will be discussed, and specific pollutants will be examined. Case studies will be used to illustrate concepts. The laboratory will emphasize techniques used for environmental analysis.
4909 ENVS-230-20 Environmental Chemistry Lab 0.25 LAB Krisch,Maria J. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM CT - 317  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Chemistry 111L and 112L, or permission of instructor.
  This course will cover basic chemical concepts, such as polarity, volatility and solubility, as they relate to chemical behavior in the environment. The ability to predict environmental behavior from chemical structure will be emphasized. Human and environmental toxicology will be discussed, and specific pollutants will be examined. Case studies will be used to illustrate concepts. The laboratory will emphasize techniques used for environmental analysis.
4976 ENVS-305-01 Soil Science 1.00 LEC Geiss,Christoph M: 1:15PM-3:55PM
M: 1:15PM-3:55PM
MC - 121 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Environmental Science 112L
  After a brief introduction to the soil profile, its nomenclature and classification, the course will concentrate on the processes and factors that influence weathering and soil development. Topics to be covered include: physical and chemical weathering of rocks; the influences of parent material, topography, climate, and time on soil formation; and the relationships between soils and the biosphere. The remainder of the course will be taken up with the application of soils to geological and environmental problems. Two half-day field trips will familiarize students with the various soil types found in Connecticut.
4496 ENVS-350-01 Field Study Environ Science 0.50 IND Geiss,Christoph
Gourley,Jonathan R.
TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This 10-12 day field trip to a particular region of the U.S. introduces Trinity students to field methods in the environmental sciences. Students will study the geology, ecology, and history of human impact on the region visited, which varies from year to year. Students will also gain experience in basic field sampling techniques, observational skills, field note-taking, and methods for data analysis and interpretation. Pre-trip readings and an oral presentation given during the trip are required. Camping throughout. Permission of instructor required. Does not count toward science distribution..
4199 ENVS-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
4060 ENVS-401-01 Advanced Sem Environmntl Scien 1.00 SEM Gourley,Jonathan R. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM MC - 305 WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is open to senior environmental science majors and minors, and others by permission of instructor.
  This capstone seminar will engage students in the interdisciplinary study of a local environmental issue. The course will include interaction with community groups and government agencies, library research, and the collection and analysis of data to explore the connections between science, public policy, and social issues. This course does not meet the natural science distribution requirement.
4200 ENVS-419-01 Research in Env Science Libr 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Students will conduct library research projects under the direction of an individual staff member. Students electing this type of independent study should plan on a full semester culminating with the completion of a final formal paper. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
4201 ENVS-425-01 Research in Env Science Lab 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Students will conduct original laboratory research projects under the direction of an individual staff member. Students electing to pursue independent study of this type should plan on initiating the work no later than the fall of the senior year, and should also plan on no less than two semesters of study with a final formal report to be submitted to the staff. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
4202 ENVS-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment.
4196 ENVS-497-01 Honors Research 0.50 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  An extended paper on the subject of the student's two-semester research project with a professor in environmental science, to be read by three or more members of the program. This course is open only to those environmental science majors who wish to qualify for honors (See paragraph on honors in environmental science in the description of the major). Simultaneous enrollment in Environmental Science 419 or 425 during the spring semester of senior year, submission of the special registration form available in the Registrar's Office, and approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
5141 HIST-219-01 Planet Earth 1.00 LEC Cocco,Sean MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM MC - AUD GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 10 seats for juniors.
  This course explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.
5142 HIST-219-02 Planet Earth 1.00 LEC Kete,Kathleen MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM MC - 303 GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 10 seats for juniors.
  This course explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.
5143 HIST-219-03 Planet Earth 1.00 LEC Wickman,Thomas M. MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM MC - 106 GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for first year students, 10 seats for sophomores, and 10 seats for juniors.
  This course explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.